Cherry Ames. Did you guys (most likely girls) ever read her books? I did, and I loved them. When I was about twelve I wanted to be a nurse so I could wear those cute little outfits, as Miss Ames is wearing on the left. Also, because I thought it would be sooooo romantic to care for a wounded soldier and fall in love. Yeah, I was quite a romantic...well I still am. However, I have discovered that nurses don't get to wear those stylish outfits...nor is the possibility of me caring for a hot soldier very likely. Nevertheless, I still want to be a nurse.
I haven't always thought that nursing was for me; there were times when I thought I should major in History, Sociology, Global Studies, Communications...and I changed my major each time. I almost enrolled in Culinary School too! Whew! Finally, God led me back to Nursing. I was searching for a career that encompassed everything that I love and would help me accomplish my purpose for this life. Nursing was the answer. Well, except for baking...but I can do that anyways!
One lady that has had a large impact on my decision for becoming a nurse is dear Mrs. Robinson. She has been practically like a grandmother to me, also my Latin teacher, and a great friend. She was a missionary nurse in Guatemala, Honduras, and many other places in the 1940's and 1950's. (Not sure of the exact dates). She would, and still does, tell me stories of her delivering babies in huts in the middle of the night, and sometimes in the dark! I love hearing her talk of all the things she did, people she encountered, and the amazing works of God that she witnessed. Her stories and the example she has set is so inspiring! I hope someday I will have the opportunity to be a nurse on the mission field.
Anyways, I just thought I'd let you all know how excited I am to become a nurse!!! I know I have a long way to go...but today I got into the final class that I need before I apply to the Nursing program! That means this fall I'll apply for the Spring semester! I know the chances of getting in right away are slim...but I also know God is in control, so I'm not going to stress about it. He helped me through this last semester, and I know he will get me through the ones to come.
And now to close with a quote from Florence Nightingale, since we're talking about extraordinary nurses.
"And so is the world put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts (which were meant, not for selfish gratification, but for the improvement of that world) to conventionality. "